Chinese Self-Massage for Eye-Strain


Tui Na, or therapeutic massage, is a large part of Traditional Chinese Medicine. In addition to being offered at specialty clinics (and in shopping malls here in the US) it is widely used as a form of self-care. Here is a simple self-massage designed to relax the muscles around the eyes and enhance blood-flow to the local area. It’s great for anyone whose job involves a lot of time staring at a computer monitor or doing close reading. Ideally, this massage would be done before and after long computer use or reading sessions but it can be done at any time to help relieve eye-strain.

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Step 1: Using the pads of your thumbs, massage the underside of your brow just under the inside corner of the eyebrow—point BL2 in the diagram above. After rubbing 20-30 times, gently press for 10 seconds then release suddenly.

 

Step 2: Using the pads of your index fingers, massage point ST1. This point is located on the lower ridge of your eye socket. Again, massage 20-30 times, gently press for 10 seconds then release suddenly.

 

Step 3: Using the pads of your index fingers, massage the point Qiuhou. This point is located halfway between ST1 and the outer corner of your eye. Massage 20-30 times, gently press for 10 seconds then release suddenly.

 

Step 4: Using the pads of your thumbs, massage point TB 23. This point is located on the underside of your brow just under the outer corner of the eyebrow. Massage 20-30 times, gently press for 10 seconds then release suddenly.

 

Step 5: Using the pads of your index fingers massage your temples. Make small circles around the temples 20-30 times. Gently press the center of the temples for 10 seconds then release suddenly.

 

Step 6: Start at the bridge of your nose, where your glasses’ nose pads would rest. Using the pads of your index fingers circle out and around over the rim of your eye socket back to your starting point. Make 20-30 circles.

 

Step 7: Rub your palms together to warm them. Place your palms over your closed eyes and spend 30 seconds to a minute allowing your eyes to relax and enjoy the warmth.

 

The whole sequence should only take a few minutes and is an excellent way to refresh and rejuvenate your eyes after some hard work.

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